Listening to the post Thanksgiving episode of the iFanboy podcast last night, I was amused by a topic the guys discussed: Naming your child after a comic character. They made the point that you have to be subtle. Naming your kid “Peter” is okay, but you might want to avoid “Peter Parker Johnson.”
This got me wandering down memory lane…
I used to work for a human service agency at which I was responsible for interviewing applicants and determining their eligibility for a variety of social programs. For someone who writes, it’s a great way to get exposed to unique names. I have culled more than a few for my own purposes.
Usually, I’d see names more befitting a stripper than a neurosurgeon, such as Precious Sunshine. Ms. Sunshine seems destined for the pole rather than medical school, don’t you think?
I interviewed a woman one day… Looking over her application, I saw that her household consisted of both herself and her young son — a son whose name was Jor El.
Not believing my eyes, I checked the supporting documentation in the record, which included both a copy of the child’s birth certificate as well as validation from the Bureau of Vital Statistics.
“Just you and your son in the house?” I asked.
“Yes,” She answered.
“And his name…?” I wanted to hear her say it.
“And you’re aware that his name…?”
“YES!” She snapped, “He’s named after Superman’s father!”
It was a sensitive topic for her. I would later learn that the absent father named her son. She didn’t become aware of the connection until nerds like myself pointed it out to her. Often.
So what comic name would I give my child? “Hellboy” for a boy and “Triplicate Girl” if it’s a girl.
Gotta steer away from Logan, though. As the guys from iFanboy pointed out, there “will be too many 15 year olds out there” named Logan.
Besides, that guy from Gilmore Girls named Logan? He ruined it. “Kid’s a douche bag,” as iFanboy put it.